Google drops plan to buy into largest African wind farm

The 310 megawatt (MW) Lake Turkana wind farm in Kenya was initially set for completion 2017, after which Google had committed to buy the stake from Vestas.

FILE: A picture taken on 6 August 2019 shows wind turbines at the Lake Turkana Wind Power, in Loiyangalani District, in Marsabit County, approximately 545 kilometres north of Nairobi. Picture: AFP

COPENHAGEN - Google has cancelled plans to buy a 12.5% stake in Africa’s largest wind farm after delays to the project, Danish wind turbine maker Vestas said on Monday.

The 310 megawatt (MW) Lake Turkana wind farm in Kenya was initially set for completion 2017, after which Google had committed to buy the stake from Vestas.

But the delay led to Google cancelling in 2019, Vestas said.

“Due to delays relating primarily to the transmission line, the Vestas agreement with Google was cancelled in 2019,” a Vestas spokesman told Reuters, adding that it was in talks with other potential buyers of the stake.

Google was not immediately available for comment.